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OSHKOSH, Wis. (October 15, 2009) – The National Association of Flight Instructors will vigorously and adamantly oppose any legal action that seeks to prohibit it from issuing new and renewal NAFI Master Instructor accreditations.

Two former board members filed suit in federal court in Los Angeles last month, claiming they own the NAFI Master Instructor program, the organization’s 12-year-old professional development program. They have continued to escalate the dispute by filing a motion for preliminary injunction on October 14 to stop NAFI from operating NAFI’s program. The court has not granted the injunction—and will not take any action regarding the matter, until evidence from both sides is heard.

“In spite of the motion, we’re standing by our NAFI Master Instructor accreditation program, as well as those members who have received new and renewal accreditations in good faith,” said NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair. “We certainly don’t agree with the allegations that have been made, and we will lay out our case in the appropriate court when that time comes. We trust that, through the legal process, NAFI’s operation of its NAFI Master Instructor program will be vindicated with a finding by the court that doesn’t penalize our members for their hard work and dedication to the industry.”

For more information, contact:

Jason Blair
Executive Director, NAFI
(920) 426-6801
[email protected]